Jobs boost for Bedford as luxury new care home prepares to open - creating up to 50 new roles

Elstow Manor Care Home is set to open in July and is recruiting now

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 11:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 9:13 am

Bedford is set for a jobs boost with the creation of up to 50 jobs at a new luxury care home.

Elstow Manor Care Home, which is due to open in July, is currently recruiting new staff and creating jobs in care, catering, lifestyle and wellbeing, housekeeping, reception, maintenance and administration.

The state-of-the art new building on Bedford Road, Wixams, has taken 19 months to complete and has 80 ensuite bedrooms.

Valerie Foley

Regional Community Relations Lead Valerie Foley has recently joined the home, and says she will explore how staff and residents can engage in the local community.

She said: “This is a thriving area and a super place to live, and I cannot wait to get involved in everything that is going on here.

“This is a lovely site, and I am also looking forward to meeting our new residents and welcoming them here at Elstow which will have a whole new and vibrant community of its own.”

New Home Manager Sarah Hancock has worked as a registered nurse for more than 30 years and is keen to recruit a great team from the community.

Sarah said: “We are delighted to be opening here in Wixams, which is such a vibrant community but also surrounded by the most tranquil countryside.

“And we are thrilled to be recruiting a new team of local people who I know will help make Elstow a very special care home.

“We are looking for individuals who are as passionate as we are about providing the very highest quality of care to older members of the community. If you are a kind, compassionate

and dedicated person then we want to hear from you.”

Sarah, who completed her enrolled nurse training in Oxford and her general training in Northampton, has worked around the country as well as in nearby Milton.

She said recruitment had begun for key positions and most of the staff would be recruited by the end of June.

Elstow Manor is built on the former London Brick Company land and is part of the award-winning Hamberley Care Homes group.

The home will include full ensuite bedrooms throughout, a Café bistro, a private dining room, a hair salon and nail bar, activity room/bar, a cinema, spacious resident lounges, dining rooms and quiet lounges.

The home has also been designed with the highest safety standards in mind, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Additional features include a bespoke Covid-secure visitation suite, in-built thermal imaging technology in the entrance lobby and a ventilation system that ensures air in public spaces is fully replaced four times an hour.

The home will also have hand washing and hand sanitising stations throughout for staff, residents and visitors.

The home will focus on providing residential, dementia and nursing care as well as short breaks.

Find out more about the jobs on offer by calling 01234 676766